James C. Darden

Published 11:20 am Tuesday, May 2, 2023

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RICHMOND – James Clinton “Bro” Darden, 80, passed away April 30, 2023 in his home. Born in Isle of Wight County, he was a son of the late Elmer Darden and Martha Gardner Darden. He was also predeceased by six sisters, Hazel Johnson, Lucille Blanchard, Martha Ann Bradshaw, Vicki Leake, Blanche Darden and Lois Turner; seven brothers, Sam Darden, Phillip Darden, Roy Darden, Joe Darden, Elmer Darden, Willie Darden and Clayton “Jap” Darden; and a grandchild, Brookie.

James C. Darden

Bro was a retired heavy equipment operator for Thomas White Construction and a member of North Run Baptist Church.

Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 36 years, Julia Faison “Judi” Darden; three daughters, Karen Gosnell, Michelle Cleaton and Jamie Darden (Amy); a son, Michael Turner (Tonya); a sister, Nell Kauss; a brother, Clifton Darden; five grandchildren, Brittany, Alyssa, Lydia, Madison and Bryce; and many nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, May 4 in Wright Funeral Home in Franklin with Pastor Kerry Smith officiating. Burial will follow in Rosemont Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service in the funeral home and suggests that memorial donations be made to St. Judes Children’s Research Hospital.